Pros: Excellent health & work benefits; perks, discounts
Cons: Can be pigeon-holed into one type of job; limited work/life balance; high-stress environment
Typical Day at Work
My typical day at work includes distribution and electronic filing of Global Raw Material Qualification Reports and Global Quality Technical Agreements. I also assign control numbers to the technical agreements.
My responsibilities also include writing/editing Standard Operating Procedures and routing them via SAP's Document Management System. I am also the Global DMS Implementation Coordinator; I manage electronic documentation management system site launches around the world. I am currently working with sites that are located in Asia and Latin America. Previously I assisted sites in Australia and in Vietnam with their launches. The launch project includes training the new system administrators.
As a training database administrator, I assign GMP and Quality-related courses to users as requested. I also generate usage graphs for managers to evaluate and maximize system optimization.
What I Learned
I have learned how to manage documentation systems, and I've also learned how to communicate effectively via written and verbal avenues. Learning how to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously has been a significant personal lesson over the years.
Management can be quite critical of your best efforts. Coworkers are typically understanding and helpful. They are supportive and look out for others.
The hardest part of the job is electronic filing due to its mundane nature.
The most enjoyable part of the job is managing the global site launches for DMS, and receiving many accolades from coworkers in other countries on how much support they've received during the project.